The Last Man on Earth (1963)

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1963)
Article #237 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 11-8-2001
Posting date: 3-24-2002

A plague devastates the world, leaving one man alive to fight a race of vampires.

Richard Matheson penned the novel I Am Legend on which this movie was based. For me, the best part of the movie is the first third, which focuses on the day-to-day routine of the title character (played by Vincent Price) as he goes through the motions of survival; this sequence vividly captures the sense of bleakness and despair in displaying the somewhat gruesome but monotonous routine he must follow to survive, and the stark black-and-white photography adds to the atmosphere enormously. I find the rest of the movie not quite as interesting, but I still enjoy it more than THE OMEGA MAN; where that movie seems content to throw a lot of action into the mix, this one tries to dwell on some deeper issues. And I love Price’s last line. “They were afraid of me!”

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